Broadcom Wifi working great

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nanZor
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Broadcom Wifi working great

Post#1 by nanZor » 07 May 2019, 21:49

Erm, I don't know if it is in good taste to respond to 7 year old threads, so I'll start anew. Please let me know if this isn't desired so as not to split threads ...

Needed to bring up a small broadcom based usb dongle that wasn't immediately recognized by my Porteus 4.0 X86_64 XFCE. It was from an old RPI project.

In the archives, this EASY great thread was brought up by fanthom:

[HOWTO] Broadcom wifi under Porteus

The steps were pretty simple, although for some reason, it seemed I needed to name the blacklist file b43_blacklist.conf, and not the generic broadcom_blacklist.conf. Looks like that may not make a difference, but on my box using about 15 cheatcodes, it did. :)

To reiterate what fanthom said -if the standard broadcom sta driver does not recognize your card, blacklist it and try this:

1) As root, create this directory structure:
/mnt/sdXY/porteus/rootcopy/etc/modprobe.d <<-note your sdxy boot device may be different

Since I hadn't done anything with rootcopy, I needed to manually create directories for etc and modprobe.d (mkdir ....)

Inside the modprobe.d directory, edit a new file:
b43_blacklist.conf

And inside that file the contents simply consist of this one line:
blacklist wl

2) Save file, and reboot


Right on - works like a champ. For this card at least.
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Broadcom Wifi working great

Post#2 by donald » 08 May 2019, 02:03

Your new file would blacklist "wl",if existing.
4.0 doesn't support wifi on netbook. 3.2.2 does. (Post by jssouza #67440)

The file does actually un-blacklist the other drivers.
(which are commented out in the original file)

An empty file would have the same effect - if i'm not completely mistaken.
( or 'rm' the original file or remove the blacklisting in the original file)

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Broadcom Wifi working great

Post#3 by nanZor » 08 May 2019, 06:53

Oh wow, what a tangled web, but I get it. tnx..
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